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Local and state
officials are using shelter-at-home (sometimes called shelter-in-place) orders to
slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). By staying home, people can help
minimize how many people are getting sick at the same time, protect those at
higher risk of severe illness and prevent our health care system from getting
at home can disrupt your routines and make everyday activities, such as work
and caring for loved ones, challenging. These changes, on top of the general
uncertainty around this pandemic, can create feelings of stress, fear and nervousness.
These feelings are normal, and people typically bounce back after difficult
information can help you cope with stress and support others during this
What is Sheltering at Home?
- Sheltering at home means that you remain at home, and
only go out to purchase essential supplies, visit medical professionals or
leave during an emergency.
- Following the instructions of local officials will
help keep you and your loved ones safe.
normal for people to have these types of feelings right now:
Fear about running out of essential supplies.
- Anxiety, particularly about being separated from lovedones.
- Uncertainty about how long you will need to
shelter at home.
- Concerns for your physical safety and that of others.
- Fear of getting sick.
- Guilt about not being able to fulfill
responsibilities, such as work, parenting or caring fordependents.
- Boredom orisolation.
- Thoughts of blame, worry or fear.
- Worry about loss of income.
- Fear of being stigmatized or labeled if you become
- Stay connected with loved ones through video calls, phone calls, texts or social
informed with accurate, reliable information. Avoid social media accounts and news outlets that promote fear or rumors.
- Monitor your
physical health needs and those of
your loved ones. Eat healthy foods, and drink plenty of water.
- Unless you are showing signs of illness or have tested
positive for COVID-19, going outside to exercise
and walk pets is okay. But don’t forget to practice social distancing by keeping
at least six feet away from others.
- Hold an
image in your mind of the best possible outcome. Make a list of your personal strengths and use these
to help both yourself and others stay emotionally strong.
- If you are
religious or spiritual, follow practices at home that provide you with comfort and emotional strength.
- Reach out to older adults or people with chronic health
conditions and offer to help. For example, offer to pick up groceries,
medications and other essential supplies. Check in with them regularly but
practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet away when you deliver
- Talk to your children and explain why this is
happening and how long it might last. Use language that is normal and
consistent with how you usually communicate. Be creative and think of fun
activities that will occupy their time. Keep a schedule, set appropriate limits
and maintain usual rules when possible.
- Take care of your
pets, which can be an essential part
of your support system. Like people, pets react to changes in their environment
and routine, so their behaviors may change, as well. Keep track of their
well-being and take care of theirneeds
as best you can.
- Show kindness to
people who may not have a support system or are isolated. There may be limits to what you can do in reaching out,
but a little kindness may be just what someone needs.